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As part of a cost-effective solution to put more money towards front-line policing, Wem-based police officers have relocated to a new premises.

They are relocating their safer neighbourhood team office from the current site at the local NHS medical centre, to a more suitably sized and affordable office located at 2, Aston Street in the town. This is part of a latest investment by the PCC to ensure West Mercia Police remain at the heart of the community.

PCC John Campion, as custodian of the police estate, has worked with West Mercia Police to ensure the needs of the community are met, and that the new station has the facilities officers and staff need to carry out their roles effectively.

The PCC said: “The new safer neighbourhood team office at 2, Aston Street, will provide West Mercia Police officers and staff with a fit-for-purpose place of work. This ensures officers will be able to continue serving the needs of the community and maintaining a welcome presence within the town.”

Superintendent for Shropshire LPA Stuart Bill said: “We’re pleased that we are able to continue having a permanent base for our safer neighbourhood officers in Wem, allowing us to continue giving more of a police presence in the town, as we know how important this is to our local communities.

“The local Safer Neighbourhood Team has worked closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office to find the right location and we are delighted to be able to stay in the heart of the community.”